Case Series of Suicide Attempts during the Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) Lockdown
COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic. It has severe effects on all facets of life, including the physical and mental health of people. Although social isolation has been effective in curbing the spread, the psychological effects of reduced contact and communication, such as anxiety, suicide, and depression, are beginning to manifest. We present three cases with the first episode of suicidal attempts in a mental institute in Botswana during the COVID-19 lockdown. While these reports lack the statistical ability to link this lockdown to psychological distress, they point to an urgent need for research to evaluate and address the effect of this social disconnect on people's psychological health.